[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”30700″ img_size=”411×686″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]After reading the first issue of Flash Forward, I was left satisfied. Not the most exciting read, it didn’t grab me as well as it could, but the story’s progression, potential character arc, and good ending kept me intrigued for the next issue. For Wally West fans, I hope you enjoy this mini-series and push DC to make an ongoing Wally West solo comic. If you have not read Flash Forward #1 then it is best to pick up the comic before reading this review as it will have minor spoilers from #1 (and spoilers for Flash Forward #2).
Continuing from the ending of Flash Forward #1, the audience sees Wally West with Earth-23 Superman, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the United States, bleeding out from a recent battle. The introduction to this issue was great as Scott Lobdell dives into the multiverse more throughout this issue. Introducing the reader to several possibilities and alternate versions of characters and teams.
Earth-23 Superman’s world has been invaded by creatures from the Dark Multiverse, and Congress has authorized a deadly anti-life weapon to stop the invasion which could be at the cost of a million lives. It’s a race against time to prevent both terrible outcomes, and this opportunity offers Scott Lobdell a good opportunity to show just how powerful a speedster Wally is.
Throughout the middle of the issue, a bunch of heroes from Earth-8 showed up on Earth-23, and pick a bone with Wally as they believe he is the cost of their own world being destroyed. The Earth-8 heroes were squished on one page during their introduction, and their designs felt like a copy of Marvel heroes but minimally disguised to look separate. The dialogue during this fighting were definitely the weakest part of the issue and the jam pack characters attacking Wally didn’t look as appealing as it should be. I will highlight though that Wally’s intense enjoyment to “let loose” against the Earth-8 heroes may have been a seed that Lobdell planted to come back to later.
The most compelling piece in this issue is Wally’s growing conflict with Tempus Fuginaut, and his resistance to being called a hero. Lobdell does a decent job addressing the trauma, but he never settles Wally down and dissect his mind. Instead, it seems that as soon as Wally thinks about his life and Heroes in Crisis, something dramatic happens and we are left with Wally simply going to fix a problem instead of his own. Maybe Lobdell will intertwine action with character developmental, but we shall see in Flash Forward #3. It would have been a mostly forgettable issue if it wasn’t for the final page; which brings back some characters that fans have been anticipating since DC Rebirth.
Rate: 3/5[/vc_column_text][vc_images_carousel images=”30701,30702,30703,30704,30706,30707,30708″ img_size=”411×631″ speed=”3000″ autoplay=”yes” partial_view=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”30705″ img_size=”500×384″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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